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05/23/2019

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Former Puerto Rican Olympic athlete, coach found guilty of sexual enticement of a minor

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A former Puerto Rican Olympic athlete and coach was found guilty Wednesday in federal court of sexual enticement and transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual conduct. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted the investigation that led to the arrest and conviction of the former Olympic athlete.

On Feb. 9, 2017, HSI special agents working jointly with Puerto Rico Police Department’s Division of Sexual Crimes in Guayama and the Puerto Rico Department of Justice, arrested a teacher/coach of the Salinas’s specialized sports school for sexual enticement of a minor and production of child pornography.

Alexander Greaux-Gomez, 41, was arrested at his place of residence in Salinas following an HSI investigation that revealed that he allegedly engaged in criminal sexual conduct with a 15-year-old female minor.

On March 8, 2017 Greaux-Gomez was indicted for production of child pornography, sexual enticement of a minor, and transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. During the trial, the government’s evidence proved that the female minor first met the defendant in seventh grade when she went to train and attend boarding school at “Albergue Olímpico.” Greaux-Gomez, a former Olympic athlete, took a special interest in the minor. This interest became personal and then eventually sexual in nature. The minor was 15 years old and the defendant was 39 when he began preying on her and convincing her to engage in sexual acts at the school, in his car, and at an abandoned home school he once operated.

Greaux-Gomez also had strict rules he gave to the minor over WhatsApp about the secrecy of their relationship and would send extremely sexually graphic communications to her.

“I can only reiterate our position that all investigations involving the exploitation of children are heinous, but it is particularly troubling when the accused occupies a position of trust in our society,” said Iván J. Arvelo, special agent in charge of HSI San Juan. “HSI and our law enforcement partners are determined to continue to relentlessly pursue child predators.”

“This conviction shows the commitment of our state and federal law enforcement agencies to apprehend and prosecute child predators,” said United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. “We entrust teachers to serve as role models for our children and safeguard their welfare. As this verdict makes clear, when that trust is violated, there will be severe consequences.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ginette Milanes. The defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. The sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 22, 2019 at 9:00 am.

This investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 16,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2016, more than 2,600 child predators were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative and more than 800 victims identified or rescued.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI’s Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page. HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 05/23/2019